Xochimilco is one of the hidden gems in Mexico City that is full of culture and rich history. According to Wikipedia, “Xochimilco is best known for its canals, which are left from what was an extensive lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico.”
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When I was trying to find my way to the canals of Xochimilco, I stumbled upon a gathering of some sort in front of the Jornada de Limpieza La Asuncion Scouts de Mexico church.
A gentleman came up to me and asked me what I was doing here. I told him that I was a tourist from Los Angeles, California and that I wanted to check out the Xochimilco canals, but I was lost. He offered to help me out by giving me directions, but he said that I could see the canals in a totally different way. He said that they were going to clean up the canals of Xochimilco and invited me to join him.
I was intrigued at this point and soon enough, a group of Boys and Girls Scouts of Xochimilco (Scouts de Mexico) were gathered in front of the church as a meeting point. I was pretty ecstatic that they welcomed me (a stranger) with open arms.
I decided to join them and we began to walk north of Xochimilco towards the canals.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I was excited to take part in volunteering to clean up the Xochimilco canals. We reached out destination and got onto a boat to the trash area.
We had to wear surgical masks because the stench of the trash was so bad. I had a lot of fun chatting it up the locals and I made some new friends along the way.
It took us a few hours to clean up a section of the canal, but more work needs to done since I saw other areas of the canal riddled with trash.
I had a lot of fun doing something unexpected in a foreign country and it was definitely worth it. I made a lot of new friends along the way and learned more about the culture of Xochimilco than any guide book would have taught me.